Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lifet up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
God is so amazing isn't He? Now, although that is a true statement, I understand that it is coming a little out of left field for anyone who isn't inside my head. But that is okay. Let me explain. The above verse is my favorite verse in the bible regarding friendship. God does not want us to be alone without fellowship on this earth and He doesn't want us to live life without Him in it either. Even though relationships can be trying sometimes, we are much better with them than without them, because when we fall and cry "I can't get up!" someone will be there to help.
Back to the "God is amazing" statement. Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been posting as frequently and the reason once again is that ministry and life have been a little busy of late. Priorities, priorities. One of the things upcoming is our church's Spring Ladies' Tea. In a book I was reading late last night, totally unrelated to my "tea" preparations which have not yet occured, I came across the verse in Ecclesiastes mentioned above. I must mention that the verse is our theme verse for our Ladies' Tea on Saturday. So the amazing part is seeing that verse in a book that I wasn't really planning on picking up again until Sunday (after the Tea) . It was confirmation again from God to me that our theme is what He wanted to speak about there. Hence, the coolness. In addition, since I had not yet planned my opening remarks for the tea, I believe God gave me them hear as well in a story from the book I will share. God answered my prayers for wisdom last night!
So, without further adieu, I want to share with each of you a story that exemplifies why we should allow others into our lives and not try to do things all by ourselves. I hope you enjoy it. So, from John Maxwell's "Becoming a Person of Influence" p. 108-109, here we go with a story of a bricklayer who got hurt at a building site because he tried to get a load of bricks down from the top story of a building without asking for any help:
It would have taken too long to carry all the bricks down by hand, so I decided to put them in a barrel and lower them by a pully which I had fastened to the top of the building. After tying the rope securely at ground lever, I then went up to the top of the building. I fastened the rope around the barrel, loaded it with bricks, and swung it over the sidewalk for the descent. Then I went down to the sidewalk and untied the rope, holding it securely to guide the barrel down slowly. But since I weigh only 140 pounds, the 500 pound load jerked me from the ground so fast that I didn't have time to think of letting go of the rope. As I passed between the second and third floors I met the barrel coming down. This accounts for the bruises and the lacerations on my upper body.
I held tightly to the rope until I reached the top where my hand became jammed in the pulley. This accounts for my broken thumb.
At the same time, however, the barrel hit the sidewalk with a bang and the bottom fell out. With the weight of the bricks gone, the barrel weighed only about 40 pounds. Thus my 140 pound body began a swift descent, and I met the empty barrel coming up. This accounts for my broken ankle.
Slowed only slightly, I continued the descent and landed on the pile of bricks. This accounts for my sprained back and broken collar bone.
At this point I lost my presence of mind completely, and I let go of the rope and the empty barrel came crashing down on me. This accounts for my head injuries.
And as for the last question on your insurance form, "What would I do if the same situation rose again?" Please be advised I am finished trying to do the job all by myself.
So the moral is: Sometimes relationships are a pain, but seldom are they more trouble than they are worth. Lord, I thank You for the friends and family that You have put into my life to not only help me but change me for Your glory. Help me to appreciate them more as well as show me how to be a help to them. Amen.